Net zero action needed now
Four key policies to make net zero possible by, or before, 2050
In this slide pack, we look at how the UK can make rapid progress towards net zero by acting now. We show that doing so is both readily achievable and desirable. We show that the government can pledge to end climate change within a generation, and set this goal into law. In doing so, it should act to cut emissions now, and continue to support innovation to enable longer term emissions reductions.
Our assessment is that getting on track to net zero by 2050 could be done via four straightforward policies. Aiming for net zero by 2045 would be harder and waiting until after 2032 to act would be a mistake.
How the UK can stop contributing to climate change
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Recycling targets aren't enough
UK policies mean valuable resources are still wasted after collection
UK waste strategy relies on recycling targets to drive action. But, once collected, materials are often lost to the economy instead of providing a valuable stream of secondary raw material which could used by industry.
Our new report describes the scale of the problem and the opportunities for plastic, steel and critical raw materials. We outline the measures that would 'pull' these materials back into use by manufacturing.
Completing the circle: creating effective UK markets for recovered resources